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SGT Kenneth Densel Parker

SGT Kenneth Densel Parker

Canton, Blaine County, Oklahoma, USA
Death 27 Aug 1942 (aged 21)
Florida, USA
Burial Canadian, Hemphill County, Texas, USA
Plot Section EF / Block 16
Memorial ID 59001996 · View Source
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Sgt. Kenneth Densel PARKER, 21 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. HAZELWOOD, was killed August 27, 1942 when an army medium bomber in which he was riding crashed into a house about a mile from Mulberry, Florida

Five other airmen were killed in the crash, only the pilot, Second Lieutenant Claude Jackson, of Akron, Ohio, escaping death. The plane dipped and struck a small garage, cut an automobile in two, and then plowed into the house of a Negro family, killing two Negro women.

Kenneth was born at Canton, Oklahoma, January 25, 1921. He attended school in Canadian and graduated with the Class of 1939. He volunteered for the Armed Forces January 26, 1942, and was trained at Kelly field as an aerial gunner, graduating about one month ago. Besides his parents, he is survived by one sister, Mrs. Sid SCHOENE, of Canadian.

The body arrived in Canadian on the west-bound train late Tuesday night, accompanied by an army buddy. It was met by members of the American Legion post and dozens of former school mates and friends.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church yesterday afternoon at 3 o’clock the Rev, Uel D. Crosby officiating. Pallbearers were Dean COOK, Pete TIPPS, Ben MERRY, Jack WILLIAMS, Malouf ABRAHAM and Howard SANDERS, with the entire Canadian Fire Department acting as honorary pallbearers.

Following the services at the church, a military service was held at the grave. Color bearers were Albert BERNSON and Will CROW, with Preston HUTTON and Hollis SPILLER as color guards. The firing squad consisted of Harold REED. Dr. W. R. GERMAN, Steve SPURLIN, Earl RHEA, Garland PILKINGTON, and Frank COLE, Commander.

Taps was sounded by Marilyn WITT and Nolan CLARK, Jr. and with this beautiful tribute the body was gently lowered to rest, his memory to remain with us always as one who gave his life for his country.

(Published in The Hemphill County News (Canadian, TX), September 4, 1942.)

(Submitted by Angie Mitchell Martin)




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  • Added: 21 Sep 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 59001996
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SGT Kenneth Densel Parker (25 Jan 1921–27 Aug 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 59001996, citing Edith Ford Memorial Cemeteries, Canadian, Hemphill County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Donna Barnes (contributor 47112976) .